Photographing The Common Kingfisher

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

If you see one, you can be doubly fortuitous: A kingfisher or Alcedinidae are a family of small to medium-sized, brightly colored birds in the order Coraciiformes is not only a beautiful sight, it is also a sign of clean waters.


Thanks to its splendid plumage, the kingfisher is unmistakable even for less well-versed birdwatchers. No other native European bird displays such colours, from the strong shining, slightly changing turquoise of its back to the rusty red staining of its belly. The male has a completely black beak while the female’s lower mandible is orange with a black tip; this is the only visual dissension between males and females.



The common kingfisher is the only member of the kingfishers family or Alcedinidae in Central Europe. It is very everyday throughout mainland Europe and the British Isles but rarer in Scandinavia, where rivers freeze over in winter. Kingfishers living in regions where the feeling is mild year-round don’t migrate, only those living in areas with prolonged freezing conditions during winter need to. Kingfishers are slightly choosy when it comes to their habitat. They need clean and clear water, whether natural or man-made, in their territory.


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Since the kingfisher feeds mainly on small fish and amphibians, it can be observed almost exclusively near rivers or lakes. Despite its tawdry plumage, the kingfisher can be difficult to see when it’s above water. However, it can be easily recognized by its call, a sharp "chee".

Kingfishers are lonesome and territorial. A kingfisher does not tolerate the presence of another kingfisher in its territory, except during the mating season. During the courtship, the kingfisher is mainly noisy and varies the speed and rhythm of its call.

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The Kingfisher is extremely impressive when it hunts. It looks for preys from a perch above the soak and bobs its head to evaluate the distance when it has found one. The kingfisher then dives head first into the waters and grabs its prey in the not working of an eye.

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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